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Issue:- 22 March  2012

Mike Mac Puts Art On The Bus¡

SIR Peter Blake’s Art Bus returns home as Mike McCartney’s Liverpool exhibition draws to a close.  Friday, 23 March 2012, will see the return of a special bus to Liverpool, which has had a considerable 'face lift' since it served as a tour bus in the city over 20 years ago.

The CCA Art Bus, featuring a mobile art gallery, has been designed by Sir Peter Blake for CCA Galleries. It is heading to Liverpool to mark the final weeks of Mike McCartney’s exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool along with the launch of a limited edition box set, poster and 6 postcards of the most popular images from the exhibition.

The CCA Art Bus will be parked outside the Museum and open for visitors from 10am to 11am and then 12pm to 2pm to climb aboard and take a look at the fabulous artwork.  People can view Mike McCartney’s spontaneously unique photographs of famous Liverpool people and places in the gallery on the top deck of the Art Bus.

Mike's work has been shown at the National Portrait Gallery, the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Closing on 15 April 2012, his exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool; Mike McCartney’s Liverpool; has seen a successful run since it opened in July last year, with the Museum itself having already attracted over 870,000 visitors.

Mike collaborated closely with CCA Galleries who own the Art Bus to frame the 30 photographs on display, and wishes to donate his exhibition to the Museum’s collection at the end of its run in April.

Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool said:- "We are delighted that Mike has chosen to donate his exhibition to the Museum, and by the same token to the people of Liverpool. We were very lucky he agreed to be the first artist to display his work in the Skylight Gallery, which represents his views of the city and its people. Six of his photographs will stay on display in the Museum, and our shop will be selling a range of postcards and posters from now on."

CCA are also launching a limited edition box-set of some of Mike’s work, on the same day that the bus visits Liverpool.

Sir Peter Blake designed the Art Bus in a groovy Pop Art style, with the aim of creating a Rock 'n' Roll tour bus for art and artists. The eye catching design of the bus has proven to make it fascinating to children of all ages – including the old ones. Sir Peter’s exuberant design includes motifs that are infinitely familiar, and opens our eyes to the fact that art does not have to be exclusive or academic, but can be all-embracing, fun and practical.

Mike McCartney said:- "To have the Art Bus come up to Liverpool to tie in with my exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool is fantastic. For CCA to produce a posh box set and the Museum to sell a poster and six of my photies as postcards is even better!  I’m delighted to be working with them again as the exhibition draws to a close at the Museum of Liverpool, and even happier that six of my images will remain on display in the Museum."

After the Art Bus has been to the Museum of Liverpool, Mike and friends will climb aboard for a tour of the city, which will see them ending up at the Walker Art Gallery.  Clare Clinton from CCA Galleries said:- "Our trip to Liverpool is special in so many ways. It represents a homecoming for the Art Bus, which started life the city years ago and not only marks our partnership with Mike McCartney but also our links with the Walker Art Gallery where we will end our day. The Walker displayed Sir Peter Blake’s An Alphabet just last year and is also host to the John Moores Painting Prize of which Sir Peter is patron. Having the Art Bus visit Liverpool is fantastic for all these reasons and also part of our drive to spread the message that art is accessible for all."

As well as being a mobile piece of art itself, the Art Bus is also an educational tool and an exciting platform from which to introduce school children to the world of visual arts. National Museums Liverpool has invited school groups to come and enjoy the bus when it visits the Museum of Liverpool.

2 sentenced over counterfeit goods website

2 men who were involved in the running of a website which sold more than half a million pounds worth of counterfeit products have been sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court.

Frederick Kavanagh, aged 47, of Clough Road Speke was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years after admitting five offences under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 and one offence under Trade Marks Act 1994. He was also sentenced to carry out 180 hours unpaid work.

He was also sentenced to 6 months suspended for 2 years for 2 benefit fraud offences and ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work, concurrent with the sentence for the copyright/trade mark offences.

Robert Cummings, aged 48, of Audley Road, Trafford pleaded guilty to 8 offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994. He was sentenced to 8 months on each count suspended for 2 years to run concurrently and 160 hours unpaid work for each offence to run concurrently. He was also ordered to pay £1500 costs.

The court ordered that the seized goods to be forfeited and destroyed

The case resulted from an 18 month covert operation run by Liverpool Trading Standards in conjunction with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Trafford Trading Standards, Merseyside Police, The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI)and the Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART). The original allegations came via FACT.

It was the biggest operation of its kind in the North West.

On 30 September 2010, 3 addresses in Liverpool and 1 in Trafford were raided and about 25000 counterfeit discs were seized including 5,000 films, 2,000 games and 1000 counterfeit music CDs, along with computers and equipment used for disc copying, printing and scanning.

Judge Stephen Clarke said:- "This was a very well run investigation and the City Council should be commended. This is what we want to see Trading Standards do and they do it very well. It was an important inquiry and it is satisfying that a business making half a million pounds has been put to an end."

Liverpool city council’s cabinet member responsible for trading standards, Councillor Tim Moore, said:- "We are pleased that the court recognised the role Trading Standards played in this important operation. Counterfeit goods are damaging to the film and music industry and they hit legitimate businesses especially at these difficult economic times. Hopefully, closing down this website will help prevent the flow of counterfeit goods and will send a message to those responsible that , along with our partners we will track you down and prosecute you."

Witness Appeal after serious assault in Southport's Botanic Gardens

MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that a 21 year old man was been arrested on suspicion of assault after another man was found with serious head injuries in Southport on Friday, 16 March 2012 and has now been released on bail pending further enquiries.  Officers were called to Botanic Gardens, Southport, shortly after 10pm following reports of a fight. On arrival they found a 22 year old man with serious head injuries. The victim was taken to hospital where his condition is currently described as extremely serious. A 21 year old man from the Churchtown area of Southport was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. The scene of the assault in Cambridge Road, Churchtown was cordoned off for forensic examination and house-to-house enquiries to be carried out. Police are interested in talking to anyone who witnessed the incident or who was in the Botanic Gardens area at around 10pm on Friday, 16 March 2012. Anyone with information should call Copy Lane CID on:- 0151 777 3019 or, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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